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Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    Considering the subject, could've been a much better book

    I read a lot about the Israeli-Arab history, and was looking forward for a book about this interesting incident ( actually, it briefly covers the whole biography of Kh. M. and Hamas). This work certainly is very informative and has a lot of little-known material. However : first, it is too dry and tedi...mmm...scholarly for a general reader such as me ( even though I have a reasonable basic knowledge of the region and conflict ). It certainly isn't a page-turning thriller for anyone on vacation. Second, to author's credit , he tries to keep "just-the-facts" approach. ( it's obvious that his sympathies mostly are not on Israel's side). Nevertheless, the book still leaves you with the feeling that another side of the narrative is left out - even though there is a lot of interesting in the side of the story which IS told. Finally, it appears that the author made his goal to achieve an impossible : write a 470 p. book about Kh. M. while avoiding at all cost the use of word "terrorist!" Probably , more out of BBC-style polit-correctness than out of support of Hamas - but come on, this is ridiculous!! The perpetrators of "Achille Lauro" atrocity are delightfully called "merciless gunmen"!? What would you say about the book on the great whites without a single word "shark" in it?----------------------------------------------- I grade the books as Buy and Keep (BK), Read Library book and Return ( RLR) and Once I Put it Down I Couldn't Pick it Up ( OIPD-ICPU). Sorry, but this one was a total OIPD-ICPU for me.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    Kill Khalid Review

    This is a good read overall, providing a detailed view of the inner workings of Hamas and the conflict in the Middle East. However, it is very skewed in favor of Hamas and against Israel. Sometimes it provides a "rosy" view of Hamas. Nonetheless, I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Israel/Palestinian conflict.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    Thought Provoking

    Mr. McGeough spins an eye-opening account of recent history that is well worth the read. The inclusion of the chronology in the back is very helpful in keeping the historical timeline in mind as the chapters do not necessarily flow consecutively. Many already believe we are seeing events unfolding that have been predicted 2,000 years ago, hence the oft repeated description of things being "apocalyptic". But seeing and reading actual history is far more believable and thought provoking about the hand of The God of the Bible in life than the 'science fiction' books and movies we are so bombarded and intellectually numbed with. For the most part Mr. McGeough has written an objective record, though it is in need of more discretion in certain detailed dialogue. Cutting vulgarity from a manuscript does not in any way cheapen an author's work, it rather increases an author's respectability, sensitivity, and trustworthiness.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

    THE BEST BOOK ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST I'VE EVER READ

    This is the best book on the Israeli-Palestinian situation that I have ever read (and I've read many of them). The author focuses on the history of Hamas, and tells it in a way that clarifies the role of all nations/factions in the region (Israel, the PLO, Fatah, the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, and others). We're introduced to the leaders of these entities, as well as to U.S. presidents, and shown how they have driven the ongoing drama in the region. The author is an Australian journalist who has been studying the region for decades, and has met and interviewed all the players. The result is an objective, compelling page-turner. I cannot recommend it more highly. I bought the book simply to learn about Hamas, but I now find myself with a much greater understanding of the entire region.

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